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Our Hand on the Scales of Justice: Bringing Balance

October 6, 2014
Some people are losing hope that we will ever overcome some of our nation’s most troubling social and political challenges. But there is hope. The answer lies in ensuring that policymakers and policies reflect the full cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, religious, spiritual and political diversity which is our nation’s strength. Most desperately needed is the perspective of American women. One example is the question of capital punishment. In nearly every survey taken on the issue, there is a consistent “death penalty gender gap” showing that women are more likely to oppose the practice. Last...
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Mes Nacional de La Herencia Hispana - El poder de las Mamás Latinas

October 6, 2014
El 15 de septiembre se dio inicio al Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana. Durante todo un mes, hasta el 15 de octubre, cada año se celebra la cultura, historia y tradiciones de los Hispanos en Estados Unidos. El sitio oficial explica el origen de esta celebración: “La conmemoración inició en 1986 como la Semana de la Herencia Hispana por iniciativa del presidente Lyndon Johnson y la continuó el Presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988… se convirtió en ley el 17 de agosto de 1988…” Durante este mes, muchos países en América Latina celebran su independencia, estos incluyen:...
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Hispanic Heritage Month Reflections: Latina Mamás Are Powerful

October 6, 2014
September 15 marked the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the rest of this month and until October 15, there will be celebrations all over the country honoring the culture, history and traditions of U.S. Hispanics. The U.S. government’s website explains the history of Hispanic Heritage Month as the following: “The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988…It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988…” During these 30 days, many Latin American countries...
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Secret Life of FMLA: Shifting the Family Leave Conversation from She to We

October 2, 2014
I was out the other night with some of my colleagues and we were discussing ideas about what could help create a more supportive work culture at our university. The only two women at the table spoke about the need for more family friendly workplaces, specifically the need for paid family leave. We spoke about patched together leave that we or other women we knew had managed for the births of children. I told them that I was only able to take three weeks for the birth of my second son because I couldn’t afford to take unpaid leave and I didn’t have enough sick days to cover longer. My female...
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Yeah, my kid votes. Does yours?

September 30, 2014
I’ve tried to raise a responsible, engaged American, and I’ve worked hard to make sure she appreciates her privilege as a U.S. citizen to have a voice in our democracy, and her duty to exercise it.
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Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

September 24, 2014
Well, they did it again. Senate Republican leaders last week blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) bill that would let students refinance their college loans. It’s not the first time. They also did it in June. Don’t they understand that student loan debt is an emergency? It totals $1.2 trillion—and yes, that’s with a “T.” Sen. Warren’s bill would help 25 million student loan borrowers, saving them each an average of $2,000. It would help them, if not for the Republican leaders’ refusal to allow a vote on the bill. Once again, the Republicans are choosing to protect their millionaire and...
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Thank a Suffragete: Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

September 23, 2014
This weekend I will have the privilege to sit with my early childhood education advocate peers in the same room at Cranalieth as Susan B Anthony, Rachel Avery and many other suffragetes when they worked through fighting for a woman's right to vote.
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Register to Vote!

Now's the time: Remind your friends and family to register to vote! It's easy.

September 23, 2014
The fight is ON and we're voting for candidates who support women and families. But before we take our fight to the ballot box, we have to make sure we’re registered to vote.

Join MomsRising, Voto Latino, Advancement Project and more for National Voter Registration Day!

September 22, 2014
Please join MomsRising, Voto Latino, and Advancement Project on Tuesday, September 23 at 1 PM ET/ 10 AM PT to tweet resources and questions about National Voter Registration Day!
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Childcare - The Low Hanging Fruit

September 17, 2014
In today's economy, our lowest hanging fruit is childcare -- basic facilities (or homes) that offer children of low-to-moderate incomes a safe place to learn and socialize.
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